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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was within the Netherlands on Thursday for a shock go to to town that’s residence to the Worldwide Prison Courtroom, which has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Zelenskyy’s go to to The Hague, which calls itself the worldwide metropolis of peace and justice and hosts the ICC and the United Nations’ high judicial organ, the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice, got here a day after he denied that Ukrainian forces have been chargeable for what the Kremlin known as an try and assassinate Putin in a drone attack.

On a go to to Helsinki on Wednesday, Zelenskyy informed reporters: “We did not assault Putin. We go away it to (the) tribunal.”

The ICC stated in a March 18 assertion that Putin “is allegedly chargeable for the battle crime of illegal deportation of (youngsters) and that of illegal switch of (youngsters) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”

However the prospect of Putin being despatched to The Hague is a distant one because the courtroom doesn’t have a police power to execute warrants and the Russian president is unlikely to journey to any of the ICC’s 123 member states which might be underneath an obligation to arrest him if they will.

ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan has made repeated visits to Ukraine and is establishing an workplace in Kyiv to facilitate his ongoing investigations within the nation.

Nonetheless, the ICC doesn’t have jurisdiction to prosecute Putin for the crime of aggression — the illegal invasion of one other sovereign nation. The Dutch authorities has supplied to host a court that could be established to prosecute the crime of aggression and an workplace is being established to collect proof.

The brand new Worldwide Middle for Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression must be operational by summer season, the European Union’s judicial cooperation company, Eurojust, stated in February.

Zelenskyy’s go to to The Hague got here as questions continued to swirl round Russia’s declare that it foiled an assault by Ukrainian drones on the Kremlin early Wednesday. Moscow branded it an unsuccessful assassination try in opposition to Putin and promised retaliation for what it termed a “terrorist” act.

Air raid sirens went off in Kyiv in a single day, however there have been no speedy reviews of any airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital.

Putin wasn’t within the Kremlin on the time and was at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence exterior Moscow, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed Russia’s state information company RIA Novosti.

There was no impartial verification of the purported assault, which Russia authorities stated occurred in a single day however introduced no proof to help it. Questions additionally arose as to why it took the Kremlin hours to report the incident and why movies of it additionally surfaced later within the day.

White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated the U.S. was “unable to substantiate the authenticity” of Russia’s claims of a Ukrainian assault on Moscow. Requested whether or not the U.S. believed Putin was a lawful goal of any potential Ukrainian strike, Jean-Pierre stated that because the begin of the battle, the U.S. was “not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike past its border.”

Requested whether or not the U.S. was involved that the accusation may need been a false flag operation by Russia to function a pretext for extra aggressive army motion on Ukraine, Jean-Pierre stated she didn’t need to speculate, however added, “Clearly Russia has a historical past of doing issues like this.”

The Netherlands has been a powerful supporter of the Ukrainian battle effort since Russia’s invasion final yr. Amongst army tools Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s authorities has promised are 14 fashionable Leopard 2 tanks it’s shopping for along with Denmark. They’re anticipated to be delivered subsequent yr. The Netherlands additionally joined forces with Germany and Denmark to purchase at the least 100 older Leopard 1 tanks for Ukraine.

Amongst different army {hardware}, it additionally despatched two Patriot air protection missile techniques and promised two naval minehunter ships in addition to sending army forensic consultants to help battle crime investigations. Zelenskyy’s go to got here on the day the Dutch keep in mind their battle useless.

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Comply with AP’s protection of the battle in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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